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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Quote of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Nothing shows a man's character more...

Biography - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe:

German writer and statesman.
Born: 1749 - Died: 1832
19th century
18th century
Place of birth: Germany

Nothing shows a man's character more than what he laughs at.



Other version: "Nothing reveals the human character more than what a person believes to be ridiculous."

Source: Maxims and Reflections



(German, French)

Durch nichts bezeichnen die Menschen mehr ihren Charakter als durch das, was sie lächerlich finden.

Les hommes ne révèlent nulle part mieux leur caractère que dans ce qu'ils trouvent ridicule.

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Few men have been admired by their own households.

In great affairs men show themselves as they wish to be seen; in small things they show themselves as they are.

I have invariably found that, all else failing, a man's character can be deduced from nothing so surely as from a jest that he takes in bad part.


Quotes for: character

A man of character finds a special attractiveness in difficulty, since it is only by coming to grips with difficulty that he can realize his potentialities.

One thing is needful. - To "give style" to one's character.

Weakness of attitude becomes weakness of character.

Character is the virtue of hard times.

A man of wit is lost, if to his wit he does not join energy of character. If you have the lantern of Diogenes, you must also have his cudgel.

Action is character.


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe also said...

In all things it is better to hope than to despair.

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge, doubt increases.

To do good needs no consideration.

The aim of living is Life itself.

It is not enough to take steps, which may someday lead to a goal; each step must be itself a goal and a step likewise.

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